Alarm System Store Knowledge Base - DSC programming for the Alexor and Impassa

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DSC programming for the Alexor and Impassa


ON THIS QUICK START GUIDE. If you do not see it here, please question if you

should be doing it.

Even though your Alexor/Impassa comes factory defaulted; you might want to default the system

just to make sure you have a clean slate to work with. To do this; follow the steps below:

You will have to enroll the keypad to do the following. To enroll the keypad press any button on the

keypad. You will then see a message that states that the keypad needs enrolled and then the keypad

will tell you to hold down the ‘1’ & '*’ keys. The keypad will enroll. Note: You must enroll the

keypad within 3 minutes of plugging in the main control panel.

To default the system you will enter into programming mode by typing:

*8 5555 on the keypad

You will then be asked for ‘Section’ .. Enter in 999

You will then be asked to enter Installer code .. Enter 5555

The keypad should beep and then ask you for ‘Section’ again .. Enter 999 again

You system will now be fully defaulted back to factory settings and your keypad will not

respond and will need enrolled again.

Here is a Sample Alarm Kit we will use for an example:


Type of Delay:

Zone Number

Front Door Sensor



Smoke Alarm

24 Hour Std


Bedroom Window Sensor



Living Room Motion

Interior Stay/Away


Before beginning you want to place the batteries in all the devices, except motions. Have

all devices laid in front of you in a nice order. You will put the batteries in the motion

sensors at the time you are ready to enroll them. With the door/window contacts, place the

transmitter and magnets side by side, as if they were mounted on a door or window (pay

attention to the arrows or lines on the side of the devices. These indicate where the devices

should line up with the magnets).

Master Code by default is 1234

Installer Code by default is 5555 - (Do not ever lose this number, this is your only way

into programming. If you change it, you better remember it.)

You will always enter into programming by pressing *8 and the installer code (5555).

Taking the Sample Alarm Kit above and using the common Zone Definitions, here is what

we want to do with the system. We will make the Front Door sensor delayed in zone 01,

the Smoke Alarm will be standard 24 hour monitoring in zone 02, the Bedroom Window

Sensor we will have instant arming and disarming in zone 03. The Living Room Motion

will be an Interior device that will have a stay/away capabilities in zone 04.


Type of Delay:

Zone Number

Zone Definition

Front Door Sensor




Smoke Alarm

24 Hour Std



Bedroom Window Sensor




Living Room Motion

Interior Stay/Away



Here is a list of the most common Zone Definitions:

Definition 01 = Delay 1 (ie: door)

Definition 02 = Delay 2 (ie: door)

Definition 03 = Instant (ie: window sensors)

Definition 04 = Interior

Definition 05 = Interior Stay/Away (motion)

Definition 06 = Delayed Stay/Away

Definition 87 = Delayed 24hr Fire (wireless)

Definition 88 = Standard 24hr Fire (wireless)

Set Date and Time

Press *6 to set the time, next enter your master code (1234 is default), then press

1. You will enter the four digit time in 24 hour format (military time) then enter

the six digit date example: So if it is 2:30p on October 21, 2008, you would enter 1430

102108, the system will then beep and you would then hit # # # .

Adding Zone Definitions (Program Section 001)

We will begin adding our Zone Definitions and will use the above chart for reference and

we will go straight down the list which begins with Zone Number 01. We will only enter

the definitions. After each two-digit definition, the system will beep and automatically want

the definition for the next zone. You will not enter zone numbers here, only definitions, and

those must be entered in order starting with the first definition. By default, the keypad will

display default zone definitions, ignore these numbers and enter you own. Hit # # # to


So for our sample kit we would enter everything in order of what we are working with.

Enter *8-5555-001-01-88-03-05 and at the end of the zone definitions we will hit # # #

to exit.

Shutting Off Unused Zones (Program Section 202, 203, or 204)

Since we are using only four (4) zones, we will need to shut off the remaining zones that

are not being used. Each wireless device is a zone, with the exception of sirens and key


If you are using less than eight (8) zones use programming section 202

If you are using nine (9) or more, but less than 16 zones, use programming section

203 (add eight to each numbered zone to get that zone. Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

would be zones 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

If you are using 17 or more, but less than 24 zones, use programming section 204

(add 16 to each numbered zone to get that zone. Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 would be

zones 17, 18, 19, 20, 21)

In our Sample Alarm, we are only using four (4) zones. This means we will enter into

Programming Section 202 and turn off zones 5, 6, 7, and 8. We do this simply by

pressing each number that needs to be turned off.

Here is what we would enter using the sample kit:

*8-5555-202-5-6-7-8 and then # # to exit

Wireless Enrollment Mode (Program Section 898)

Enter Programming *8-5555- Enter section 898.

Each wireless device needs to be recognized by the control panel. We call this

Enrollment. For this Section we will be triggering (open/close or tamper) each device. If

the devices are in front of you, you will take the magnet (small piece) away from the

transmitter (bigger piece) and put back together. The system will beep and the display

panel will ask you to Confirm the ESN number by pressing the (*) button.

So to begin lets start with zone 01 which is the Front Door. We will open the front door.

The panel will ask to confirm the ESN number. We will then hit (*). The system will

now ask for the Zone # and we will refer to our chart and enter (01) and confirm by

hitting (*). The system will then ask for the Zone Type (definition) and we will refer to

our chart and enter (01) and confirm by hitting (*).

The display will then be ready to enroll the next device. You continue to enroll each

device by opening each sensor or tampering with the device (this will vary depending on

your device) and you will need to enter the correct zone #’s and zone Type (definitions).

When you are ready to enroll your motion sensors, you will then put the battery in the

sensor. The light on the sensor will flash for one minute. Once the light finishes

flashing, then you want to move the motion around or wave your hand in front of it to

trigger it. This will send the ESN number to the panel. After enrolling the motion

sensor, place it face down so it cannot be accidentally triggered again during enrollment.

FYI: Before exiting, if you are also programming a key fob, you will press and hold the

arm and disarm buttons until the control panel asks you to verify the ESN Number. After

confirming the ESN number by pressing (*), the display will then ask for a key fob number

and you will just enter 01 for the first key fob and if you have another key fob that will be

02, the display panel will be ready to enroll another device. If you have sirens, you will also tamper them in this section as well to enroll them. After you have enrolled and confirmed each device hit (# # #) to exit.

Entry/Exit Delays (Program Section 005)

Most doors use an exit/entry delay. This will give you time to exit your premises before

the system arms and will also give you an entry delay when you enter (You must enter

through a door that is on a delayed entry). You will enter into programming by pressing

*8 and then enter the Installer Code which is 5555. Programming Section 005 will allow

us to change the delay times. We want our Sample Alarm for demonstration purposes to

have 30 second delays for entry and exit.

So here is what we will enter on our Sample Alarm: *8-5555-005-01-030-000-030

The numbers you just entered are *8 for programming-5555 for installer code-005 is the

section # for the entry/exit delays-01 is indicating partition 1 (if you were programming

partition 2 you would enter 002)-030 is entry delay1 for 30 seconds- 000 is entry delay2

(which we do not have a 2nd door delay time) – and the last 030 is the number of seconds

for your exit delay.

When entering programming, you always hit *8 5555. Below are additional sections

you need to go into:

Press 006 to change your installer code from the default setting of 5555. Enter the

section and just enter 4 new digits, after the 4th digit you should hear a triple beep, that

will bring you back to the “enter section” menu. This code is only used to get into

programming and nothing else. DO NOT LOSE OR FORGET THIS NUMBER AS


Press 007 to change your master code from the default setting of 1234 and just enter 4

new digits, after the 4th digit you should hear a triple beep, that will bring you back to

the “enter section” menu. This code is what you use to arm and disarm the system

with. You can also create additional user codes with this code.

Press 015 - Then hit 2 (makes panic audible) and hit 7 to turn off TLM. Do not pay

attention to any other numbers displayed.

Now press # - 3 times to take you out of programming and to return to the main screen.

You should have a Green check mark.

And as far as basic programming you are done.

Label each Zone

Enter Keypad Programming be entering *8-5555 and then press (*) NOTE: Make sure

the keypad says Enter LCD Section before trying to label your zones. You will

need to enter each zone (001) edit label, (002) edit label, etc. The letters of the alphabet

are divided up among the number keys 1-9 on the keypad as described:

[1] A B C 1

[2] D E F 2

[3] G H I 3

[4] J K L 4

[5] M N O 5

[6] P Q R 6

[7] S T U 7

[8] V W X 8

[9] Y Z 9 0




*” is to select and save

You select the letter you want by continuously pressing the same button until your

desired letter or number appears. Then you can you the left and right arrows to move

to the next location or simply press the next number which corresponds to your next


Making a DSC Alexor/Impassa call your phone

You will want to enter programming by entering:

* 8 5 5 5 5, enter program section 301 and then enter the telephone number for the system

to call (Make sure the “D” remains and make sure to include the area code, if needed from

that number). (Note: The panel should read D1234567890EEEEEEEE..), hit # one time.

Enter Section 320 and enter (11 sixteen times) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

11 11 and then the system will beep 3 times.

Enter section 350 and enter 06 06 06 06, system will beep 3 times

Enter section 310 and enter 1 2 3 4 * 6 6 (the 6's will be F's), system will beep 3 times

Now hit # # #

NOTE: When the system calls your phone, you must give it a handshake. This is simply

done by pressing a: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 0, * or #. When the noise on the phone turns into an

alarm tone, and then it accepted the handshake.